Red tide alert still up in Puerto Princesa Bay

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) reiterated Monday in an advisory its reminder to the public not to consume shellfish from Puerto Princesa Bay because the red tide alert is still up in the area.

In its Shellfish Bulletin No. 16 dated September 9, BFAR said all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or ‘alamang’ collected from Puerto Princesa Bay are still not safe for human consumption.

Puerto Princesa residents are still advised to stay away from consuming shellfish collected from the area.

“Based on the latest bulletin, shellfishes collected from Puerto Princesa Bay remain positive for paralytic shellfish poison

Tagbilaran City in Bohol, Irong-Irong, San Pedro, and Silanga Bay in Western Samar and Tacloban are also still positive for red tide.

The advisory also stated that fish, squids, shrimps, and crabs are safe for human consumption provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.

The red tide phenomenon is due to the accumulation of some microscopic algae, mostly dinoflagellates, in the coastal waters.

Meanwhile, the advisory said Honda Bay and the coastal waters of Taytay, northern Palawan are free from red tide.

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